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Publisher's Summary

"Sutanto brilliantly infuses comedy and culture into the unpredictable rom-com/murder mystery mashup as Meddy navigates familial duty, possible arrest and a groomzilla. I laughed out loud and you will, too.” (USA Today, four-star review)

“A hilarious, heartfelt romp of a novel about - what else? - accidental murder and the bond of family. This book had me laughing aloud within its first five pages.... Utterly clever, deeply funny, and altogether charming, this book is sure to be one of the best of the year!” (Emily Henry, New York Times best-selling author of Beach Read)

One of PopSugar’s "42 Books Everyone Will Be Talking About in 2021" and "Best New Books of April 2021"!

What happens when you mix one (accidental) murder with 2,000 wedding guests, and then toss in a possible curse on three generations of an immigrant Chinese-Indonesian family? 

You get four meddling Asian aunties coming to the rescue! 

When Meddelin Chan ends up accidentally killing her blind date, her meddlesome mother calls for her even more meddlesome aunties to help get rid of the body. Unfortunately, a dead body proves to be a lot more challenging to dispose of than one might anticipate, especially when it is inadvertently shipped in a cake cooler to the over-the-top billionaire wedding Meddy, her Ma, and aunties are working at an island resort on the California coastline. It's the biggest job yet for the family wedding business - "Don't leave your big day to chance, leave it to the Chans!" - and nothing, not even an unsavory corpse, will get in the way of her auntie's perfect buttercream flowers.

But things go from inconvenient to downright torturous when Meddy's great college love - and biggest heartbreak - makes a surprise appearance amid the wedding chaos. Is it possible to escape murder charges, charm her ex back into her life, and pull off a stunning wedding all in one weekend?

©2021 Jesse Q. Sutanto (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“Jesse Q. Sutanto’s Dial A for Aunties is a hilarious, heartfelt romp of a novel about - what else? - accidental murder and the bond of family. This book had me laughing aloud within its first five pages, and kept me bouncing between anxiety and delight until its very last. Utterly clever, deeply funny, and altogether charming, this book is sure to be one of the best of the year!” (Emily Henry, New York Times best-selling author of Beach Read

“Comparisons to Crazy Rich Asians are apt, as the author details the wild spending and luxurious lifestyles of the superrich. But this story is filled with mistaken identity, a gaggle of intoxicated groomsmen, five lovably hilarious sisters, and slapstick humor that leans more toward the film Clue. Readers will die for the delightfully absurd hijinks in this dark comedy.” (Kirkus Reviews

"Dial A for Aunties has redefined what 'page-turner' means to me.... If you're in the mood for laugh-out-loud humor, unprecedented mayhem (involving meddlesome family members and over-the-top drama), and delightful twists and turns at every corner, I highly recommend Dial A for Aunties." (Buzzfeed) 

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Weekend at Meddy's

Holy Cow. Is that politically correct to say about a Chinese-Indonesian family of wedding planners gone awry? Well, I'm southern, so excuse my ignorance on this, but Holy Cow! I laughed out loud (embarrassingly), and fell right into this madcap over-the-top rom-com that channels "Weekend at Bernie's" with an Asian flare.

Meddy is an adorable, people-pleaser who was raised to respect her family. Unfortunately, this leads to sometimes disastrous decisions on her part. It also doesn't help that the family she was raised to respect so highly is feisty, dramatic, and, well...maybe slightly crazy. But they all mean well.

This is a book of pure delight, about the joys and trials of family, culture, social norms, and expectations. One word of suggestion for the reader: don't go into this without your sense of humor. This isn't a story to be picked apart about why a certain character did/didn't do something that made more sense, or why no one thought to check security cameras. It doesn't matter. Let the characters speak for themselves, because they're quite capable of doing just that, and enjoy this story. I certainly did. This will definitely fall on my list of best books of 2021.

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An authentic Chinese-Indonesian author

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It contains odd accents. The narrator did it correctly as how typical Indonesian aunties speaks in English, and get ready for bugging ur ears. She did amazing job differentiating her own accent who fluent in English and her mom and auntie.
This book makes me missed my aunts so much. As a Chinese-Indonesian who lives in US, She make me laughs and relates to alot of things alot. I am so proud of Ms. Sutanto. Keep going girl!!

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Authenticity in Ridiculousness

Between the smooth voice of the reader and the clear storytelling of the author, it was a fun listen. The plot got a little ridiculous at points with the whole murder subplot mixing with romance and family dynamics, but kept grounded with the characters and culture that gave it an authentic vibe.

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Annoying

A bizarre and annoying Asian version of weekend at Bernies. Repetitive, highly unbelievable and contradicting . For example - when a character has their hands cuffed behind them, how can they stroke someone’s face? Or, if the “Aunties” have their hands tied with twine, how can they be drinking tea? I returned it.

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A Fun & funny ride!

Humorous and entertaining, a funny & wild ride with some romance thrown in. Definitely worth a listen!

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Cute lighthearted fun

Adorable story about a very sweet family. Enjoy the plots twists along the way! Turned the reading speed up 1.5X.

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Fun!!

This book was such a fun “read” likable characters and interesting story, the narrator is also great

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Entertaining, funny and non stop suspense.

Dial A for Aunties was the best! I love the bantering between all the aunties and learning the culture and family dynamic. Lots of fun surprises and characters that win you over! An easy fun read. I hope they make this into a movie!

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The story was just too ludicrous for me, and I couldn't suspend my belief enough to enjoy it.

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Rambling waste of time

The story line was weak and was just a compilation of missteps that were supposed to be funny I guess but came out as more of a Benny Hill meets Weekend at Bernies. I kept waiting for a story to develop but it never did. Even the author apologizes in the preface for the daft caricatures. I was insulted and I am not Asian.

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